Big Ten Conference Names NEOMED Grad Chief Medical Officer

Congratulations to James Borchers, M.D. (’00), for being named the first-ever Chief Medical Officer for the Big Ten Conference! Dr. Borchers will be the first to hold this position, and is the latest example of transformational leadership developed at NEOMED.

Dr. Borchers will serve as a consultant to all 14 Big Ten member institutions on matters related to the health and safety of the student athletes. He’ll also lead sports medicine programming and initiatives, including policy and research. According to the Big Ten’s press release, he will work with key conference constituents to develop industry-leading practices and procedures. He also will serve as a conference spokesperson.

Big Ten Conference Commissioner Kevin Warren said in the statement, “The physical and mental well-being of our student-athletes is our top priority. The addition of Dr. Borchers will further serve and protect the health and safety of our nearly 10,000 student-athletes. It will also ensure the conference is on the cutting edge of the latest medical advances and that we maintain strong interconnectivity to the best and brightest professionals in the medical community.”

“This will be a tremendous opportunity to collaborate with the talented medical professionals within the conference and across all levels of college and professional sports as we continue to provide a best-in-class environment of health, safety and wellness for our nearly 10,000 student-athletes,” said Dr. Borchers in the release.

The NEOMED alumnus most recently served as the head team physician for The Ohio State University Department of Athletics.

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